December 21, 2007
According to hockeyfights.com, fighting majors are up 27.5 percent in the NHL this season (on top of a 6.6 percent increase last season). Meanwhile, according to data on NHL.com, scoring is down 5.4 percent (on top of a 4.5 percent decrease last season).
The Contra Costa Times reported there's no easy way to quantify obstruction in the neutral zone other than to say it seems the no-tolerance policy introduced two seasons ago is no longer in play.
"You can definitely see where the refs have eased off the obstruction calls," Rivet said Thursday, before the Sharks hosted Phoenix. "There's a lot of things you can do now that you couldn't do two years ago."